Archives for March 2016

Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. closes

The region’s largest locally-owned beer franchise has shut down. Lake Tahoe Brewing Company’s four locations in Reno, Fernley, Truckee, and Carson City are closed. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports brewery owner Michael Candelario ran into legal troubles. He was apparently evicted from the Carson City spot. He was also arrested on felony theft and battery charges in separate incidents.

Missing Kids Return Home Safely

A 14 year old girl and a 5 year old boy from Sparks who had been reported missing, came home last night. Halle Fleck and her little brother Jacob had been missing for six hours when they returned to their home on G Street about 10:30 pm. The two are believed to have run away, then changed their minds. They’re both fine.

One Dead in Fiery Crash

A deadly crash this morning. I’m Debbie Young

Reno Police and Fire responded to the crash on Industry Circle today. According to police, the driver was heading east when he crashed into a tractor trailer. The vehicle veered off the road and burst into flames after the crash. When police got there, the vehicle was enveloped in flames and the driver was trapped inside. Reno firefighters pronounced the driver dead when they arrived.

NV power plant first in world to use solar-geothermal technology

The Prime Minister of Italy was in northern Nevada Tuesday. Matteo Renzi stopped in Stillwater to dedicate and see the world’s largest and only hybrid power plant first-hand. The facility was created by the American arm of an Italian company. The one-of-a-kind plant combines geothermal energy with solar technology and is a partnership between Italy and Nevada.

Spring snowstorm breaks record

Reno’s surprise spring snowstorm breaks a record. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Monday’s storm was the area’s third biggest snowstorm in history, tying a record that’s more than a century old. The storm dropped up to a foot of snow in Sparks and other areas north of Reno. Average snowfall this year reported at the Reno-Tahoe Airport was 31 inches–that’s 10 inches above normal this time of year.

Carson City first in NV to get new juror technology

Carson City is getting a new juror system. KOLO-TV reports courthouse employees will longer have to go through mailers to determine who’s exempt from jury duty. Now, five weeks before trial, potential jurors will get a summons and must fill out a questionnaire online. That process would disqualify or flag residents. Residents undergoing surgery or going on vacation can opt for a 12-week deferment.

Sandoval agrees to Superfund status for abandoned mine

An abandoned mine southeast of Reno will be added to the EPA’s list of the most polluted Superfund sites in the nation. The AP reports Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is cautiously accepting the proposal, ending more than a decade of opposition. The move would make $30 million in federal funding available to clean up the World War II-era copper mine in Lyon County that leaked toxic chemicals for decades.

Storm Caused Tree Damage

Work crews in Sparks spent Tuesday cleaning up a lot of trees that were damaged in the Monday snowstorm. Public Works officials say they didn’t anticipate so much heavy snowfall, and it caused branches to break off and fall in the road. They’ll continue the cleanup over the next several days .

A Crackdown Planned on Distracted Driving

A crackdown on distracted driving.South Lake Tahoe Police have announced that they will join other law enforcement agencies in April, taking part in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Officers will joint statewide enforcement campaigns , enforcing zero tolerance days on April 7th and 20th. Distracted drivers spotted by officers on those days will get tickets. The police department says the increased use of Smartphones has meant an increase in distracted driving.

Tahoe sees longest ski season in 10 years

It’s the longest ski season for Lake Tahoe in a decade. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Mt. Rose and Squaw Alpine plan to stay open well into May, weather-permitting. Monday’s spring snowstorm definitely helped to work towards that goal. It also caused a nightmare on the roadways with more than 30 crashes reported.